Published: Friday 22 December, 2017

HK Employer Ordered to Pay Maid $100,000 in Damages for Inhumane Abuse

A court in Hong Kong ordered a woman to pay more than $100,000 in damages to an abused maid. Law Wan-Tung, already serving six years in jail for abusing, beating, underpaying and starving her maid, was ordered pay the damages in full for her inhumane treatment of her Indonesian maid.

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Hong Kong employer Law Wan-tung already in jail ordered to pay damages to Indonesian maid. (reuters photo)

Law Wan-tung was convicted of abuse earlier this year and sentenced to six years in prison. She lost an appeal to have the conviction overturned. Instead, the judge ordered her to pay Erwiana Sulistyaningsih damages for the abuse she suffered in the hands of Law while under her employ.

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Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, fought for her life in hospital in Indonesia after going home emaciated and injured. She described how she only lived on rice and bread, and beaten by Law wan-tung when the latter became angry. At one point, Erwiana said Law punched her so hard that her teeth fractured.

It was also revealed in court that Law only allowed Erwiana four hours of sleep a day!

The maid’s plight has become made Erwiana the face of calls for change in Hong Kong’s policy in hiring foreign household helpers. More than 300 domestic helpers work in the territory, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia.

Hong Kong maidErwiana Sulistyaningsih

Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih. (Reuters)

This is not the first case of maid abuse in Hong Kong and it will not be the last, according to activists, if change is not enacted.

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